Legislation

The Mental Health Act 2007

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The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA)

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) creates a framework to provide protection for people who cannot make decisions for themselves. It contains provision for assessing whether people have the mental capacity to make decisions, procedures for making decisions on behalf of people who lack mental capacity and safeguards. The underlying philosophy of the MCA is that any decision made, or action taken, on behalf of someone who lacks the capacity to make the decision or act for themselves must be made in their best interests.

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Care Quality Commission

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Their job is to check whether hospitals, care homes and care services are meeting national standards.

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